Looking for a way to get outdoors and help enhance wildlife habitat at the same time? Below are two great projects that are seeking volunteers. These are great experiences offering outdoor adventure, camaraderie, and a chance to improve habitat.
Burro Creek Allotment Work Project in the White Mountains, June 9-10
The Arizona Elk Society (AES) is hosting a volunteer work project south of Eagar, Ariz., near Crescent Lake, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Forest Service, and the 26 Bar Ranch. Volunteers do not need to be AES members to help. Participants will remove unneeded old barbed wire fencing and repair and reconstruct fencing around riparian areas to benefit elk and other wildlife.
Participants can come up Friday, June 8, with the project being held over June 9-10. The camp site is on the north side of Rudd Knoll six miles northeast of the junction of Highways 273 and 261 (Crescent Lake) on the east side of Highway 261. For directions, visit www.arizonaelksociety.org and click on the link to the flier. AES will provide dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch Sunday at the camp site.
Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, pliers, side cutters and safety glasses, if they have them. Wear a long sleeve shirt and bring a hat and sunglasses. Kids under 18 need to be supervised by an adult.
If you would like to volunteer, please RSVP to Tom Schorr at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Steve Clark, (623) 594-7074, or Troy Christensen, AZGFD Public Access Program Coordinator, (623) 236-7492 or email@example.com. For more information, visit www.arizonaelksociety.org.
Cleanup project at the Boquillas Ranch near Seligman, July 28
The Mohave Sportsman Club is hosting the 20th annual cleanup project at the Boquillas Ranch in Unit 10 in northwestern Arizona, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. This scenic ranch offers some outstanding wildlife habitat, and the volunteer cleanup work helps assure that it stays open for hunting and some other types of recreation.
Participants will meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Pica Camp to receive information and supplies (gloves, bags, tools) from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Pica Camp is located west of Seligman. Take State Route 66 to milepost 123.5, turn north through the gate and go two miles. Volunteers then will use their own vehicles (or carpool) to disperse across the large ranch and search for litter while exploring the area. After spending the day in the field, bring your trash back to Pica Camp where it can be transferred to Game and Fish to haul away.
Camping is available at the ranch or you can just come up for the day. Along with cleaning the environment, this cleanup project will help maintain public access on or across private property to public lands, and help maintain good relations between landowners and the public. Note: The Boquillas Ranch does not allow ATVs of any kind.